I had the chance to interview Quinton Rudock, who spends his time traveling and working in different areas. He has been in Oregon, Mexico, Washington State, and most recently, Canada. Quinton lived in Canada near the Arctic circle. He had a friend named Oliver who he helped to build a log cabin near Yellowknife, Canada. He actually got the idea to travel and work with different people from a New York Times article that he read about WWOOFing.
There were absolutely no people whatsoever where he and Oliver were at. They were able to get around using his 3 dogs: Beaver, Nanook, and Ohma. They used the dogs to pull a sled around; the sled was their normal transportation. Some of the things that they ate were: fish liver, fish eggs, the meat and juice behind the fish eyeballs. He said that the not so fun part about living in the wilderness was that he almost cut his finger tips off with a chainsaw! It turned out okay, because if you get a cut in the wild, then you cure it with spruce gum which you can get it from spruce tree sap.
He also never used soap because it would have attracted the mosquitos and other bugs. There were thousands of mosquitos there for about a month. Quinton said, “The water behind the house was so clean that you could literally take your hand and drink the water. It was the best tasting water, sweet and also delicious”. They also had some black bears behind their house! His main safety was bear mace, which is like pepper spray but for bears. Quinton also came across a native village while he was canoeing on the waterways. Instead of having electrical plugs, he would have enough energy and electricity to charge his phone with solar power.
His advice to you is that the wilderness is open for anyone and everyone, and to start exploring the waterways.
Story by Sydney Edwards
Photos by Quinton Rudock (IG: @quinton.notniuq)